Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about local arts events and organizations, across many disciplines, visual and performing.
The Carrack Modern Art is unexpected on many levels. The art gallery and performance space is located a floor above a local bakery and you may miss the street entrance at first pass. The unassuming exterior leads to a narrow stairway which, as one climbs, increases anticipation for art fans entering to view the latest exhibit in the zero commission space. The gallery makes the venue available to artists across many genres at no cost to the artist. The Carrack Modern Art believes “By letting the artist take complete ownership of their art and its presentation, we facilitate a more honest and direct interaction with their audience.” The result is an ever changing forum for art to make its way into the community simply through the sheer will of the artist, shedding any socio-economic barriers.
A glance at current and upcoming events at The Carrack reflects the diversity of its artist community. Currently an exhibition of 2 and 3-D designs by local wood and metal worker, Elsa Hoffman, is on view. “Buried in Light and Shadow” is an installation of metal, wood, light and shadow and will be at The Carrack until May 24. Beginning May 27, a new exhibit of drawings titled “Our Epidural Currency” will grace the walls in the gallery and for two nights will share the space with a dance and music performance.
Soon The Carrack will be celebrating its third year with the annual community art show. An open call has been issued to artists who wish to display one work in the weekend group show (June 12 – 14). This annual event has become of the most popular for good reason. You’ll have to go see for yourself and maybe you’ll fall head over heels for this Durham art gallery too.